Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2006 – 2010


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Australian Government’s Draft National Disability Advocacy Framework (June 2010) [PDF] [Word]

In mid 2010, the Australian Government released its Draft National Disability Advocacy Framework (NDAF), developed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to assist in improving the administration of disability advocacy in Australia.This Submission is WWDA’s response to the Draft Framework. WWDA’s Submission expresses our concern at the complete omission of a gender perspective in the Draft Framework, and argues that, consistent with Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the NDAF must make explicit recognition of the impact of multiple discriminations caused by the intersection of gender and disability, and include the need for focused, gender-specific measures to ensure that women with disabilities experience full and effective enjoyment of their human rights. Copyright WWDA June 2010.


Harvard Project on Disability: We Have Human Rights: A human rights handbook for people with developmental disabilities (2008) [PDF]

This Handbook was developed by the Harvard Project on Disability. It is targeted to people with developmental disabilities and is written in Easy English. It focuses on the some of the key rights incorporated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It contains a range of practical exercises and worksheets. Copyright 2008.


Landmine Survivors Network: Disability Rights Advocacy Workbook (2007) [PDF]

This workbook was prepared to facilitate advocacy for people with disabilities. Each section of the workbook answers key questions about advocacy by and for people with disabilities that advocates, their communities, and their allies are likely to use. It contains practical exercises at the end of each section. Copyright 2007.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘The Role of Advocacy in Advancing the Human Rights of Women with Disabilities in Australia’- Policy & Position Paper (April 2008) [HTML] [PDF] [Word]

In April 2008, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) released this Policy Paper which seeks to articulate WWDA’s approach to disability advocacy in advancing and promoting the human rights of women with disabilities. The paper also looks at how human rights instruments such as the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can and should be used to inform and guide disability advocacy work. Copyright WWDA April 2008.


University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center: Human Rights. YES! Action and Advocacy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007) [PDF Version]

This manual is intended to help all those who care about the human rights of persons with disabilities to become effective educators and advocates on human rights and disability. The Manual draws on the experience of many educators and organizations, illustrating effective advocacy practices and distilling their accumulated insights in the development of participatory exercises. Copyright 2007.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) Consultation Paper: ‘Working Towards a Common Understanding of Advocacy’ (August 2007)

In July 2006, the Australian Government released a consultation paper ‘Working Towards a Common Understanding of Advocacy’. This Consultation Paper formed part of the Australian Government’s Review of its National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP). In August 2007, WWDA developed a Submission in response to the Consultation Paper, and WWDA’s Submission is reproduced here. Copyright WWDA August 2007.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Advancement through Advocacy for Women With Disabilities’- Project Report (2007) [HTML Version] [PDF Version] [Word Version]

In 2006-07 WWDA undertook a project to enhance the orgnisations’ capacity to undertake systemic advocacy work. The Project aimed to develop systems to recruit women with disabilities for systemic advocacy work; develop tools to support them in their representative/advocacy roles; and, develop systems to maintain capacity building mechanisms for WWDA’s representative work. This is the report of the Project, which was funded by the Australian Government. Copyright WWDA 2007.